The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) today announced an increase in funding to $6.1 million for its Fiscal Year 2013 programs.
“We are very excited about the support from Governor Rick Snyder and his administration for this increase in funding,” said MCACA Executive Director John Bracey. “The additional dollars will allow us to add a new Capital Improvement program, intended for the renovation of facilities and equipment. We also have a new logo to celebrate our future.”
MCACA will offer grants through three programs:
- Program for Operations and Project Support – Provides specific operational support to arts and cultural organizations only. Municipalities, schools and non-arts nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply in the Projects Support category. MCACA defines arts and cultural organizations as those organizations whose primary mission is to provide an experience, including a learning experience, that is based in a specific arts or cultural discipline.
- Capital Improvements – Provides funding assistance to Michigan nonprofit organizations and municipalities for the expansion, renovation or construction of cultural facilities; upgrade of equipment and furnishing to provide a competitive and up-to-date environment; equipment and instrument acquisitions that are integral to the implementation of events and services.
- Mini-grants – A partnership between the MCACA and 19 regional re-granting agencies throughout the state. There are two components of the Mini-grant program, Arts Projects and Professional Development grants. These are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs as well as increase public access to arts and culture.
Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities are eligible to apply for projects that would take place between January 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013. Completed online applications are due on October 1, 2012.
Information about specific grant programs as well as the guidelines is available on the web at www.michiganbusiness.org/arts.
MCACA will be conducting free informational workshops on grant guidelines and the application process for potential applicants throughout the state and online throughout the rest of the summer. Workshop attendance is not required for grant applicants; however, updated guidelines and application process changes will be reviewed at each meeting, so attendance is encouraged. Pre-registration or RSVPs are not required.
Detroit – Tuesday, July 31, 1 to 3 p.m.
Max M. Fisher Music Center
Allesee Rehearsal Hall
3711 Woodward Avenue
(Enter at the stage door entrance which is off the alley that runs behind the building)
Grand Rapids – Wednesday, August 1, 1 to 3 p.m.
Grand Rapids Ballet
341 Ellsworth Avenue Southwest (131 and Wealthy)
Lansing – Thursday, August 2, 1 to 3 p.m.
1210 Turner St.
Old Town, Lansing
Webinar – Tuesday, August 7, 1 to 3 pm
Marquette – Tuesday, August 14, 1 to 3 p.m.
Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum
123 West Baraga Avenue
St. Ignace – Wednesday, August 15, 1 to 3 p.m.
St. Ignace Public Library
110 West Spruce Street
MCACA, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, serves to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity in Michigan. For more on its initiatives and programs, visit www.michiganbusiness.org/arts.
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The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership serving as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, focuses on helping grow Michigan's economy. For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: www.michiganbusiness.org.